The Chris Connor Bio-Discography

by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Chris Connor


Chris Connor left us on August 29, 2009, at age 81. Her musical legacy was still remembered in the last decades of her life and, thanks to dedicated fans, it is not likely to be forgotten in years to come. Ever since she became nationally known, Connor has always counted with a relatively small but devoted following, which included not only "lay" listeners but also established musicians, such as pianists Ran Blake and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.

This discography is another proof of such devotion. It became possible thanks, in large part, to the cooperation of many fellow fans who, like Steve Albin and myself (Iván Santiago), have shared a desire to see a comprehensive chronicle of the artist's career in print or online.

Steve and I are particularly grateful to the following fans, friends and acquaintances, who have provided us with valuable information: Laurence Abzug, Larry Appelbaum, Linwood Baker, Dave Berk, Ran Blake, Bob Blumenthal, Wayne Brasler, Mark Cantor, Ed Chaplin, Noal Cohen, Adrian Cullen, Bill Damm, Mike Fitzgerald, Pierre Giroux, Robert Gray, Tardo Hammer, Warren G. Harris, Jenny Hayes, Jan Kagenaar, Rick Kaye, Dave Loveless, Scott Merrell, Fernando Ortiz de Urbina, Stephen Platt, Kevin Rietmann, Ross Schneider, Andy Smith, Frederick Stack, Peter Stoller, Koichi Sugimoto, Eddie Styles, Keizo Takada, Brian Thomas, Diego Viegas, Scott Weiner, and Brian Yordnoff.

Due to their more extensive contributions, special mention should be made of Donald Martin (an album-oriented, long-time Chris Connor fan who could have prepared a good discography by himself), and Jason Perry (another kind and dedicated fellow fan, who is especially interested in Connor memorabilia).

For her cooperation and involvement in all things Connor, I would further like to single out Chris Connor's life-long partner and personal manager, Lori Muscarelle.

Also supplying answers to a few pertinent queries (in some cases through direct replies, in other cases through their online websites) were the Library of Congress, the discographical site Both Sides Now, and the music list-serv Songbirds: The Singers Of Classic Pop And Jazz.

The Official Chris Connor Website

A note from Steve Albin: Chris Connor's official website no longer exists at her domain (which has expired), but the content is still available at my personal website. The site was commissioned by Chris' manager and as the original web developer for the site, I've kept it pretty much as it was when the site was actively maintained.

Chris Connor